HRC major endorsement today at 1pm EST: Maxine Waters

The Time's Mark Halperin is reporting the following on the Page blog:

A Liberal Lion(ess) of Her Own Defying the Nattering Nabobs of Negativism, Clinton scores the endorsement of symbolically and substantively potent superdelegate/California Representative Maxine Waters. http://thepage.time.com/2008/01/29/a-liberal-lion-of-her-own/

Before the Waters' announcement, I speculated that today's major endorsement would be Al Gore and provided my reasoning:

1.) Gore is the last major get right?
2.) Isn't Gore based on the West Coast? Current TV and his other projects?
3.) I know a lot of bloggers were surprised about how far reaching Clinton's environmental policies were, when she announced them. She also attended a few environmental forums that Obama didn't a few months ago. Could a Gore endorsement have been the reason why?
4.) What would the impact of Gore joining HRC in Florida asking for FL delegates to be counted in the Democratic primary? Can you imagine the impact on an emotional level that media event would bring? Perhaps that's why HRC has made counting FL votes such a key point in the last week or so?

So who do you think HRC's major endorsement will be later on today?

Tags: 2008 election, Al Gore, Hillary Clinton (all tags)

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20 Comments

Endorsement

It's Rep. Maxine Waters

by ocli 2008-01-29 06:45AM | 0 recs
Re: Endorsement

Thanks for the heads up. I wrote my diary way too soon. I think I'll just delete it.

by ademption 2008-01-29 06:48AM | 0 recs
Sorry it's not Gore

Wish you hadn't gotten my hopes up with Gore, But Maxine Waters is a major "get" as well, in Los Angeles.

by ocli 2008-01-29 06:47AM | 0 recs
I know my speculation seems kind of wild right?

After all, HRC and Gore supposedly didn't get along during the Clinton presidency. Gore was vigorously against the war before it began. Why would Gore sully his reputation by getting involved in a primary fight instead of appearing above the fray as a Nobel peace prize winner?

I don't know. It's just a feeling I have. I could be really wrong about it though. We'll find out soon enough....

by ademption 2008-01-29 06:47AM | 0 recs
Re: I know my speculation seems kind of wild right

I also doubt Gore is going to endorse before this thing is decided.

Another strong "get" would be Barbara Boxer.  She and Hillary used to be family, after all!

by Steve M 2008-01-29 06:50AM | 0 recs
I thought I saw yesterday

that Barbara Boxer would endorse whoever the winner of the California primary was (in terms of getting her superdelegate vote)? I guess it depends upon who wins next Tuesday.....

Yes, Barbara and HRC used to be family, but I think Barbara's daughter has accused the Rodham brother of being a deadbeat and not paying child support or something like that. Given the way the winds blowing with disloyalty to the Clintons, I wouldn't be surprised if Barbara did decide to endorse Obama. I guess that's the way politics works....

by ademption 2008-01-29 06:59AM | 0 recs
Gore

I will just be happy if Gore endorses no one.  He doesn't have any more elections to win or campaigning to do, so I think he will stay out of it.  Most of Obama's endorsements are coming from people who need/want those crowds at their rallies in the fall.

by ocli 2008-01-29 06:54AM | 0 recs
Re: I know my speculation seems

I could see Gore endorsing a candidate after Super Tuesday if either Hillary or Obama have a fairly significant lead in delegates. He knows that a long fight and potential convention battle would not be good for the party, expecially if we're running against McCain.

by Christopher Lib 2008-01-29 07:00AM | 0 recs
Not Gore

No its Maxine Waters-superdelegate!

http://thepage.time.com/2008/01/29/a-lib eral-lion-of-her-own/

by lonnette33 2008-01-29 06:48AM | 0 recs
Re: Not Gore

Her endorsement isn't a surprise to me. I saw her cheering for HRC at the Howard University/Tavis Smiley debate so I figured that she had already announced.....

by ademption 2008-01-29 06:50AM | 0 recs
Re: HRC major endorsement today at 1pm EST:

Maxine Waters will smack you down, bruh.

This is major considering the potent media narrative that the national black Establishment is supporting Obama....

by Zeitgeist9000 2008-01-29 07:06AM | 0 recs
Re: HRC major endorsement

It's a nice endorsement. Not sure it qualifies as a major one, but with Gov Rendell and the NY Times last week and the Nurses Union and Waters this week Hillary is picking up a steady stream of support. I think in Califonia this one is fairly substantial.

by Christopher Lib 2008-01-29 07:10AM | 0 recs
Re: HRC major endorsement today at 1pm EST: Maxine

Maxine Waters was one of the true heroes of the Ned Lamont campaign.  She worked really hard for Ned.

by Steve M 2008-01-29 07:19AM | 0 recs
Maxine Waters

is a left wing nut,

that I happen to like because she is so forceful in her opinions.

I love this endorsement.

I can tell you from 1st hand experience,

Maxine Waters has credibility in the black community.  

That she chose Hillary over Obama is a big deal.

Honestly, I suspect some payola. But I don't care.

Obama people had better watch the machines in South Central!

by yellowdem1129 2008-01-29 07:32AM | 0 recs
Re: HRC major endorsement today at 1pm EST: Maxine

Maxine Waters?  The woman who was voted one of the the most corrupt members of Congress in 2005 and 2006 by Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington?  That Maxine Waters?  Well at least she'll feel right at home with the Clintons.

by Chili Dogg 2008-01-29 07:36AM | 0 recs
Re: HRC major endorsement today at 1pm EST: Maxine

Rep. Maxine Waters: The report cites a December 2004 Los Angeles Times investigation disclosing how members of the congresswoman's family have made more than $1 million in the last eight years by doing business with companies, candidates and causes that Waters has helped. Before publication of the Times investigation last year, Waters declined to be interviewed, but said of her family members: "They do their business, and I do mine."

http://www.citizensforethics.org/node/24 122

CREW's Most Corrupt Members of Congress:
Members of the Senate:
Conrad Burns (R-MT)
Bill Frist (R-TN)
Rick Santorum (R-PA)

Members of the House:
Alan Mollohan (D-WV)
Roy Blunt (R-MO)
Marilyn Musgrave (R-CO)
Ken Calvert (R-CA)
Richard Pombo (R-CA)
John Doolittle (R-CA)
Rick Renzi (R-AZ)
Tom Feeney (R-FL)
Pete Sessions (R-TX)
Katherine Harris (R-FL)
John Sweeney (R-NY)
William Jefferson (D-LA)
Charles Taylor (R-NC)
Jerry Lewis (R-CA)
MAXINE WATERS (D-CA)
Gary Miller (R-CA)
Curt Weldon (R-PA)

Five Members to Watch:
Chris Cannon (R-UT)
J.D. Hayworth (R-AZ)
Dennis Hastert (R-IL)
John Murtha (D-PA)
Don Sherwood (R-PA)
http://www.citizensforethics.org/node/19 007

by Chili Dogg 2008-01-29 07:40AM | 0 recs
the irony is

that I doubt Obama would even want her endorsement. Next thing you know an anonymous Clinton staffer would mention how now Obama is the gangsta rap/Tupac South Central candidate.

That being said it's a good pickup for HRC as it may help to defuse some of the tensions that apparently exist w/ the AA community after SC. Even though she is somewhat corrupt, Maxine is very well respected in the community, especially because of her fighting on crime/justice issues.  

by highgrade 2008-01-29 07:52AM | 0 recs
Re: But what about....

Nope, it was 10AM Pacific time - it's the Waters endorsement.

Maxine is awesome.

by Denny Crane 2008-01-29 07:54AM | 0 recs
In CA it counts as much as Kennedy.

I'm an endorsement sceptic probably because if the pope endorsed Bush I'd still think he's a jerk, but for those who get their rocks off on this sort of stuff she's probably a useful little check within CA and to a limited degree in wider aa community.  

by ottovbvs 2008-01-29 08:41AM | 0 recs
For those of you who don't know...

...Maxine Waters.

I remember when I was eight or nine years old in 1991 watching the Rodney King riots on t.v.

CNN showed Maxine Waters, a member of Congress, in her district listening to her constituents complain about not having the basic living amenities because everyone was fearful of going to South Central L.A.

Maxine went to South Central, listened to her constituents, found out what they needed, and got it to them.

Much like Zeitgeist9000 said above, "Maxine Waters will smack you down, bruh."

That lady does not play.  If she sees something wrong, not only will she speak out about it, she'll also do something about.

There are some politicians that are NATO; No Action, Talk Only.  Not Maxine Waters though.

Maxine Waters is all talk and all action.

If you don't know, you better ask somebody.

by Andre Walker 2008-01-29 08:44AM | 0 recs

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